"A lot of crap has gone down" for Iowa farmer, but it's finally harvest time

Sep 30, 2021
April Hemmes had to replant her soybeans after a frost killed them. But they're coming out better than expected, she says.
"I had 8 inches of rain the whole growing season when I was supposed to have 22 normally," says farmer April Hemmes.
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How some farmers are feeling about Biden's election

Nov 10, 2020
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes says farmers are wondering how quickly Biden will undo some of Trump's policies.
"I had 8 inches of rain the whole growing season when I was supposed to have 22 normally," says farmer April Hemmes.
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What the phase one deal means for one Iowa farmer

Jan 15, 2020
Corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes isn't sure she'll be able to regain the Chinese buyers she lost during the trade war.
An Iowa corn farm in 2015.
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Farming during a trade war

Oct 21, 2019
The loss of soybean sales to China have created a lot of stress, says farmer Blake Hurst.
Blake Hurst on his farm in Atchinson County, MO.
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Canadian farmers caught in the middle of U.S.-China disputes

Sep 30, 2019
Since Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou late last year, Chinese imports of several agricultural crops have slowed or stopped altogether.
Soybeans growing on a farm in Canada.
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After the flood comes the enormous pile of burning soybeans

Aug 22, 2019
Following severe flodding in the Midwest, a pile of 650,000 bushels of soybeans in rural Missouri spontaneously combusted and have been burning for a month.
This pile of soybeans, once 650,000 bushels, has been burning since mid-July.
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Soybean commodity traders are skeptical of renewed U.S.-China trade negotiations

Jul 1, 2019
Al Kluis, managing director of Kluis Commodity Advisors, thinks traders won't see the soybean market turn until there are real orders and action taken.
Soybeans are loaded onto a truck to be taken to a grain elevator in Dwight, Illinois.
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Trade deficit widens in March

May 9, 2019
The overall deficit getting bigger isn't necessarily a bad thing, said Dan Ikenson, director of the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute.
Container ships are docked at the Port of Oakland on March 06, 2019 in California.
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Bad weather and trade complicate planting for Midwest farmers

Apr 22, 2019
Flood damage has made things extremely difficult.
Farmer Richard Oswald, standing on U.S. 136 near Rock Port, Missouri. In the background is a flooded grain elevator, where millions of bushels of corn and soybeans are rotting in the water.
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Lots of soybeans with no place to go

Nov 6, 2018
A Chinese tariff on the U.S. crop has shut down a critical market.
Soybeans are loaded onto a truck before delivery to a grain elevator in June in Dwight, Illinois. 
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